Christy O’Donnell wouldn’t like to die, however she wouldn’t like to spend the remaining of her great life dreading the excruciating pains that terminal tumor tumor would bring, she said.
“The most likely way that I’m going to die with the lung cancer is that my left lung will fill with fluid, I’ll start drowning in my own fluid,” she says in a YouTube video posted this week by Compassion and Choices, the nonprofit aid-in-dying group that Brittany Maynard worked with before ending her life last fall. “If I get to a hospital, they’ll very painfully put a tube in. They’ll drain the fluid from my lung, only to patch me up, send me home and wait until the next time my lung fills up with fluid. And they’ll continue to repeat that process and drowning painfully until I die.”
O’Donnell, a 46-year-old single parent from Santa Clarita, California, is battling for the right to die according to her own wishes, following in the steps of Maynard, 29, who brought demise with-nobility laws to national consideration when she moved from California to Oregon being determined die on her terms to having been diagnosed a terminal brain cancer, keeping in mind the end goal to lawfully end her existence with a solution endorsed by a specialist.
A right to die bill is advancing through the California council, yet O’Donnell told ABC’s Los Angeles station, KABC, that it most likely she can’t wait for it. On Friday, she joined a gathering of terminal patients in suing California authorities trying to get the privilege to pass on sooner.
However, there’s a strong opposition against it.
“The question of assisted suicide policy needs to be considered in terms of how it impacts the broader society, particularly the most vulnerable, without economic means or health access, as well as people living with serious disabilities whose options are often diminished,” Californians Against Assisted Suicide spokeswoman Marilyn Golden, a senior policy analyst for the Disability Rights Educational and Defense Fund, said in a statement in response to O’Donnell’s suit.
“These lawsuits and legislation like California Senate Bill 128 are not simply exercises in autonomy for such individuals,” the statement added. “Hopefully our court system and legislators take into account the broader implications, particularly in a state as diverse as California. This latest effort does not change in the least the aggressive opposition from progressives like myself and a diverse range of organizations against assisted suicide.”
O’Donnell was determined to have adenocarcinoma, a lung growth she clarifies is normal among non-smokers. She said she’s a veggie lover, that she exercises and that she’s never smoked. According to her, she has been given six months to live. The tumor has spread to her brain, liver, rib and spine, and she is in morphine. It’s difficult to deal with her agony.
The previous Los Angeles Police Department analyst and practicing attorney has said that she’s lived “10 people’s’ lives” in the most recent 46 years, and she’s not reluctant to bite the dust.
She called parenthood the best happiness in her life, however said she doesn’t need her 20-year-old girl to be affected by her passing. Rather, O’Donnell likes to die relaxing in bed, holding her girl’s hand, with the information that there will be a support group set up for her little girl when it’s over.
“I don’t want my daughter to come home and find me dead,” O’Donnell told KABC, her voice breaking.
“Every day, when my daughter is coming home from work, she calls me on the phone to talk to me,” O’Donnell says in her YouTube video. “You know why? She wants to know before she gets home if I’m still alive.”
O’Donnell was not immediately available to talk ABC News.
“If it doesn’t happen in my lifetime, I will die knowing and believing that it will happen in my daughter’s lifetime,” she told the station. “At some point in her life, she’ll be standing there and she’ll hear that the law has passed or changed, and she’ll know that from that moment on, that nobody else is going to have to suffer the way she saw me suffer. And then she’ll know that it was all worth it.”